Pete Beurskens has a B.A., English, University of Northern Iowa and M.A., English, University of Northern Colorado. He has taught college writing and literature since 1990 (in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) and has published a number of articles, poems, and essays in regional and national publications. He has also served as newsletter editor for the Minnesota Association of Scholars and has worked as a salesman, non-profit director, grant writer, and forest fire fighter. In addition, he teaches writing and great books courses to homeschool students. Pete enjoys hunting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and hiking with his family. He lives on a hobby farm in western Wisconsin.
Cindy Ciszewski came to MSC Southeast in 2010 as a member of the English faculty. Before that, she taught College Reading and Writing at Winona State University and worked in their Writing Center. She has also taught Film and American History at Western Technical College in La Crosse. In her free time, Cindy enjoys reading (of course, she's an English major), running, cooking, antiquing, and flower gardening. Her favorite time of all, though, is that spent "up north" with her husband and two daughters. She has a B.A. English, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and M.A. English Language and Literature, Winona State University.
Michael Larson is the recipient of major poetry fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His full-length collection of poetry, "What We Wish We Knew, " was published in 2005; and his short story, "The Woods" appeared in The Malahat Review (2011). He has been teaching writing, literature, and speech courses at the college level since the late 1980s, at MSC Southeast exclusively since 2003. He has earned several degrees: B.A., Speech-Communication, Bethel College; M.A., English, St. Cloud State University; and M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Arkansas. In addition to his teaching and literary endeavors, he is the faculty advisor for the school chess club. In his free time, he likes to fly fish in the area's many trout streams.
Erik Sigurd Lee has taught a combination of French, English, English as a Second Language, and communications courses since 1994 in France, Taiwan, Brazil, and the U.S. He has worked at private and public schools at both the high school and college levels. He continues to study Western literature and to travel to Europe and South America for his professional development and personal enjoyment. He has a B.A., French, University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.A., English, Minnesota State University-Mankato.